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  •  The difference between the systems is interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    While the American system of a popularly elected president and legislature was considered radical in its time, due to the removal of monarchical rule, we are now the longest lived constitutional democracy in the world and power has accumulated into the hands of the executive, who is elected for four years without recourse. The rest of the world uses varieties of the parliamentary system, which places the real power in a legislative body. The leader of that body either has a true mandate with a majority of legislators or (more often) is forced to make a coalition with other parties with specific demands. That sort of party discipline can offer a chance for real compromise, which our system seems to lack at the moment. A vote of "no confidence" means nothing to our legislators. The whole recent debacle would have put the House of Representatives up for a vote long before it got to this point

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 10:10:23 PM PDT

    •  The last election in Germany, however, also (2+ / 0-)
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      exposed the weakness inherent to the German parliamentary system.  If the CDU share of the vote had been 42.5% instead of 41.5%, as was first projected on election night, then they would have held an absolute majority in parliament.  Having an absolute majority in parliament with a mere 42.5% of the vote isn't exactly majority rule....

      No system is perfect and all need tweaking.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 03:11:22 AM PDT

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